Having experienced freedom in the past I am likely more spoiled than most. I know the pleasure that comes from waking up when you like and having the freedom to arrange your schedule as desired.
That is why on some days I dread going to work. Even as much as I enjoy my job I watch the clock tick closer to my shift with dismay.
I’ve figured out a way to handle that. I count the shifts until my next day off.
“Two more shifts,” I’ll tell myself as I groggily sip my coffee in the morning. “Two more shifts and I’m free for a day. I can do this. I can do anything I set my mind to. These next two shifts will take me closer to freedom. I can work a measly two shifts.”
When the going gets rough at work I remind myself that every penny I earn takes me that much closer to re-attaining my freedom. I want my freedom, don’t I? I can stick it out a shift or two in order to achieve my goal.
I don’t worry about the long view. I don’t allow myself to think about how long this might take. I focus on the shifts in front of me and keep moving forward.
Every single day I take one baby step closer to my goal. Before I leave for work I do a little bit on this website and work on my next book so when I become frustrated I can remind myself that I’m a little bit closer. Every single shift I remind myself that I will earn X amount of money in exchange for my time; if I guard my finances accordingly I’ll have that much more to invest so I’ll grow even closer.
Sometimes I even count the days until I can invest again or until the next round of dividends will hit my account.
I thought those little mental games were silly until this morning, when I awoke to find a text from a friend.
<Three more shifts,> the text read. <I can do three more shifts. This is going to be a good day for both of us.>
She signed it with a smiley at the end.
When you can’t find the motivation to continue, count the days until your next day off. Remind yourself of the little things you do that take you closer to your goal. You are the Turtle. Each day you may not make a lot of progress but that progress adds up with time.
One day you will wake up and realize that you’ve made it. Just by taking one step at a time, one day at a time you made it to the very end.
You can do this. I know you can, because I have faith in you.
Hang in there, my friend.